This moving postcard shows the stoking of the fire in a Cornish boiler. The fire creates heat to make steam, which drives a heritage steam plant. Steam power came into use in the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s. Steam power was used extensively in goldrush Victoria.
The presentation is part of a series of interpretive theatre displays at the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum.
The Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum and Gold Museum tell aspects of the story of the gold rushes in central Victoria in the mid-19th century that did so much to change Australia’s development.
[Music plays, industrial sounds]